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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine & Spirits, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 124617
An impressively elegant wine from this rugged mountain top vineyard on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley. With black cherry and licorice flavors flanked by firm yet lush tannins. A wine as special as this undeniably unique vineyard.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
A tight and austere mountain cabernet, this takes time to show itself. There's a transparent cherry red flavor over wild spice, the wine richly tannic but not at all heavy. Instead, the tannins lend the wine its flavor depth, touching on stony, flinty notes in the finish. Decant it for a spicy braised duck.
If never in the least bit lacking for ripeness and substance, this sturdy, well-structured wine is anchored by solid blackcurrant fruit and shows no inclination to softness. It is a Cabernet that demands patient aging, and it has balance and fruity depth to grow past its very ample, presently puckery tannins...